I'd like to give honorable mentions to @TheV1perK1ller for not only best newcomer but also most improved runner and grinder of the year. His demos were already solid to start but within a year he has already become an elite runner in the group.
Also shoutout to all @Veinen demos and efforts. The only reason he doesn't have "notable demos" is because he chooses less glamorous, non-slaughter, non-iwad, maps that casual players would play. Rest assure the speed and optimization of these lamer maps are "notable demo worthy".
(technically this was December of last year but wasn't mentioned in 2016 demos)
Thanks to everyone who provides me with hours of entertainment by contributing demos. I may have stopped recording but I'm still silently watching.